Uploading Word Documents to Google Docs

Google Docs works in conjunction with Google Drive

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With Google Docs, you can create, edit and share word processing documents online. You can also upload Word documents from your computer to work on them in Google Docs or share them with others. The Google Docs website is available in computer browsers and through apps on Android and iOS mobile devices.

When you upload files, they are stored on your Google Drive. Google Drive and Google Docs can both be reached through the menu icon at the top right corner of any Google page.

How to Upload Word Documents to Google Docs

If you aren't already signed in to Google, sign in with your Google login credentials and password. To upload Word documents to Google Docs, follow these easy steps:

  1. Go to the Google Docs website. 
  2. Click the File Picker folder icon.
  3. In the screen that opens, select the Upload tab.
  4. Drag your Word file and drop it in the area indicated or click the Select a file from your computer button to upload a file to Google Docs. 
  5. The file opens automatically in the editing window. Click the Share button to add the names or email addresses of anyone you want to share the document with.
  6. Click the pencil icon beside each name to indicate the privileges you grant to the person: Can Edit, Can Comment, or Can View. They will receive a notification with a link to the document. If you don't enter anyone, the document is private and visible only to you.
  7. Click the Done button to save the Sharing changes.

You can format and edit, add text, images, equations, charts, links and footnotes, all within Google Docs. Your changes are saved automatically. If you give anyone "Can Edit" privileges, they have access to all the same editing tools you have.

How to Download an Edited Google Docs File

When you need to download a file that has been created and edited in Google Docs, you do it from the editing screen. If you are in Google Docs home screen, click the document to open it in the editing screen.

With the document open in the Editing screen, click File and select Download As from the drop-down menu. Several formats are offered but select Microsoft Word (.docx) if you want to be able to open the document in Word after you download it. Other options include:

  • PDF Document (.pdf)
  • OpenDocument Format (.odf)
  • Rich Text Document (.rtf)
  • Webpage (.html, zipped)
  • EPUB Publication (.epub)
  • Plain Text (.txt)

Managing Google Drive

Google Docs is a free service and Google Drive, where your documents are stored, is free for the first 15GB of files. After that, there are several tiers of Google Drive storage available at reasonable prices. You can load any type of content to Google Drive and access it from any device.

It is easy to remove files from Google Drive when you are finished with them to save space. Just go to Google Drive, click the document to select it, and click the trash can to delete it. You can also remove documents from the Google Docs home screen. Click on the three-dot menu icon on any document and select Remove.